Sites of the Week: November 24, 2013

“What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?”

George Elliot

Factoid: For the first time in 5 years, the U.S. annual budget deficit was below $1 trillion in 2013, coming in at $680 billion. The deficit dropped 37% from the previous year—the fastest rate of decline since the end of World War II.

Associated Press

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Outside the Box
http://www.mauldineconomics.com/outsidethebox/jonathan-tepper-on-obamacare

This excellent article on the Affordable Care Act comes to you via my friend Ralph. However, I didn’t understand “… insurance premiums are going up an average of 41% in 49 states, although there are seven “blue” states where the costs go down.” How many states are there? I especially liked the associated article by Jonathan Tepper.
 

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/antiexploit/

Are you familiar with the term “zero-day exploit”? It is an exploit of hidden vulnerabilities discovered by hackers, but not yet addressed by a security software patch resulting in zero days warning of an attack. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is a FREE download that protects you from zero-day exploits during that time window between the release of a new exploit and the security patch by preventing an exploit from installing. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is compatible with your anti-malware and antivirus products. Once installed, no management or updates are necessary. The product runs silently in the background.
 

The Livability Index: The 35 Best U.S. Cities For People 35 and Under
http://www.vocativ.com/11-2013/livability/

Although the article’s title suggests this guide to America’s most livable cities is intended for those 35 and younger, I think it will appeal to most of you–even if you have no plans to move. Age 35 is a distant memory for me, but I still found the interactive study of interest. Cities are evaluated based on 20 criteria. Some you will care about, some not.
 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

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